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Prolong Your Dog's Life

Dog at Ashland Animal HospitalAshland Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your dog live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We then customize our recommendations based on your dog's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.

Annual preventive care for dogs typically includes:

  • At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

    During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Ear and Eye Examination
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
    • Temperature Reading
    • Abdominal Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Vaccines are based on your dog's lifestyle, breed, and age.

    • Viral vaccines are given every 3 years:
      • Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis and Parainfluenza (DAPP) are first administered at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Dogs then receive a booster vaccine 1 year later and then every three years.
      • Rabies vaccines are first administered at 12 weeks of age or older. The next Rabies vaccine is good for 3 years only if it is given within 9-12 months after the first Rabies vaccine.

    • All Bacterial Bacterins vaccinations need to be given every year:
      • Bacterial Bacterins including Leptospirosis, Lyme, and Bordatella (Kennel Cough) are administered either once or twice initially, depending on the vaccine, and then repeated yearly.
      • Bacterins give short term immunity and therefore, need to be repeated more frequently in order to remain effective.

    Our veterinarians may also recommend additional vaccines such as Canine Influenza.

  • Parasite Control Products to control parasites such as heartworms, intestinal parasites (such as round worms), fleas and ticks. Controlling these parasites helps protect your dog and your family members from easily transmitted parasites.

  • Diagnostic Testing to confirm the absence of heartworms or other internal parasites and early disease screening tests to help identify any internal issues which cannot be detected during a thorough physical exam. We recommend the following tests for dogs:

    • 4DX Test
      • Blood test for Heartworm disease and 3 tick diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma).
      • All dogs should be tested for these 4 diseases.
      • If a dog tests positive for Lyme, we recommend administering the Lyme vaccine to protect against future infections. Please read our Lyme Disease Update for more details.
      • Heartworm test results are only valid on dogs six months of age or older.

    • Heartworm Occult Test
      • Blood test for Heartworm disease only.
      • Recommended annual test beginning at six months of age.*
        * If dog is on heartworm preventative medication year-round, then testing may be done every other year.

    • Fecal Exam
      • Microscopic exam of stool for intestinal parasites.
      • Recommended annually.*
        *If a patient is being admitted to the hospital for a procedure and has 1) never had a fecal test, or 2) has a history of intestinal parasites, then we also recommend a fecal test at that time.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping that will benefit your dog's overall health and wellbeing and advise you on any questions you might have regarding your dog's health.